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Posted at 6:37 PM ET, 02/16/2011

2 men accused in campaign donor scheme

By Dana Hedgpeth and Julie Tate

Two Virginia businessmen were indicted in federal court Wednesday on charges of conspiring to illegally reimburse nearly $200,000 to donors of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and her 2006 Senate campaign.

William P. Danielczyk Jr., 49, of Oakton, and Eugene R. Biagi, 76, also of Oakton, were accused of trying to cover up the reimbursements of the political contributions by back-dating letters and making other moves to try to show that the money was "consulting fees" for work the donors did.

Federal campaign contribution records show the men were donors to Hillary Clinton from 2006 and 2008.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. April G. Spittle, Danielczyk's assistant, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of making reimbursed contributions to the candidate's 2008 presidential campaign.

By Dana Hedgpeth and Julie Tate  | February 16, 2011; 6:37 PM ET
Categories:  Dana Hedgpeth  | Tags:  Hillary Clinton, conspiracy, fundraising, scheme  
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Why would they do what they are accused of without involving the Clintons?

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 16, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Poorly written story. Is this a tweet or what? Writers need to explain a little more.

Danielczyk's assistant, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of making reimbursed contributions to the candidate's 2008 presidential campaign.
Making reimbursed contributions? What does that even mean??? It took two people to come up with this item. What a waste of space and time.

Posted by: nailin | February 17, 2011 6:02 AM | Report abuse

This story is confusing & makes not a bit of sense, or is it just me.

Posted by: boo4hi | February 17, 2011 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Let me translate for you folks: The Clintons are lying, thieving criminals. Only the corrupt democrat party could be low enough to herald crooked skunks like these two..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 17, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

This article might have some value if it contained some content.

Posted by: edallan | February 17, 2011 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I'll be the first to raise my hand and say, "help me understand in a little plainer English" what the heck did they do?" I'm guessing help funnel donations over the limit to the campaign and then as more money came in, give back some? To the layman this is very unclear.

Once again, it doesn't suprise me that after 20 years of these two weasels in politics that someone around them goes down and they are untouchable. Why the heck do people put their lives and futures in jeopardy for these two ?????

Posted by: jiboo | February 17, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

OK. I re-read it several times now.

I'm guessing they worked for Clinton's campaign. They are accused of trying to give money back to donors in the form of consulting fees. Really it should have been referred to as reimbursemnts.

A second guess is that these donors were friends of the accused.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | February 17, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

OK. Now I get it. You have to read this first -

The two suspects bundled campaign contribtuions to the Clinton campaign, aka partnerships. This is where a group, usually lawyers, raises a bunch of money for a candidate and then gives the campaign one lump sum. The money is then attributed to a group of people. So, if they gave the campaign $10k and said it was from 10 people, the money would attirubuted to 10 people give $1k each.

So, they gave all this money to Clinton and said all these people contributed; which they, likely, did. But, now they are paying these people back; which is, of course, illegal.

WP, contact me if you want offer me a job.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | February 17, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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